Tips For Beautiful Feet

 

Your feet are often the most neglected part of your body, yet they bear the brunt of daily activities and deserve just as much attention as your face or hands. Beautiful feet are not only aesthetically pleasing but also a sign of good health. Here are some tips to help you achieve and maintain beautiful, healthy feet.

1. Regular Cleansing

Keeping your feet clean is the first step to beautiful feet. Wash your feet daily with warm water and a mild soap. Pay special attention to the areas between your toes. After washing, make sure to dry your feet thoroughly to prevent fungal infections.

 

2. Exfoliation

Exfoliating your feet helps to remove dead skin cells and prevent the build-up of hard, rough patches. Use a pumice stone, foot scrub, or an exfoliating foot mask at least once a week. Focus on areas that tend to be rough, such as the heels and balls of your feet. If heel begin to crack they can become painful very quickly.


3. Moisturise Daily

Dry skin can make your feet look dull and unattractive. To keep them soft and smooth, moisturise your feet daily. Opt for a rich foot cream or lotion that contains ingredients like urea, shea butter, or glycerin. Apply the moisturiser after your evening shower or before bed for the best results.

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4. Regular Trimming and Filing

Keep your toenails trimmed and filed to avoid ingrown nails and to maintain a neat appearance. Trim your nails straight across and use a nail file to smooth the edges. Be careful not to cut them too short, as this can lead to discomfort, infections and ingrown toe nails.

 

5. Cuticle Care

Just like the nails on your hands, the cuticles on your toes need care too. Gently push back your cuticles after a shower when they are soft. Avoid cutting them, as this can cause infections. Instead, use a cuticle remover or cream to keep them tidy.

 

6. Foot Soaks

Indulge your feet in a relaxing foot soak once a week. Soak your feet in warm water mixed with Epsom salt, essential oils, or a foot soak solution for about 15-20 minutes. This helps to soothe tired feet, soften the skin, and reduce swelling.

 

7. Wear Proper Footwear

The right footwear is essential for maintaining beautiful feet. Wear shoes that fit well and provide adequate support. Avoid tight shoes that can cause blisters, calluses, and other foot problems. When at home, let your feet breathe by wearing open-toed slippers or going barefoot. Take a read of our advice on different types of shoes.

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8. Use Sunscreen

Your feet are exposed to the sun just like any other part of your body, and they can get sunburned too. When you’re out and about in open footwear, make sure to apply sunscreen to your feet to protect them from harmful UV rays.

 

9. Stay Hydrated

Hydration is key to maintaining healthy skin, including the skin on your feet. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out. This helps to prevent dryness and promotes overall skin health.

 

10. Treat Problems Promptly

If you notice any foot problems, such as fungal infections, warts, or persistent dryness and cracking, address them promptly. Over-the-counter treatments are available for many common foot issues, but don’t hesitate to consult a podiatrist if the problem persists or worsens.

 

11. Pamper with a Pedicure

Regular pedicures can keep your feet looking their best. Whether you do it yourself or visit a salon, a pedicure helps to maintain nail health, exfoliate dead skin, and keep your feet moisturised. Make sure to follow good hygiene practices to avoid infections.

 

12. Foot Exercises

Keep your feet strong and flexible by incorporating foot exercises into your routine. Simple exercises like toe curls, arch lifts, and ankle rotations can improve circulation and prevent foot fatigue. Stretching your feet and toes regularly can also help maintain their flexibility.

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Beautiful feet require consistent care and attention. By incorporating these tips into your daily and weekly routines, you can keep your feet looking and feeling their best. Remember, healthy feet are the foundation of your overall well-being, so treat them with the care they deserve. Your feet will thank you!

 

Book your appointment with us to keep your feel healthy and beautiful.

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the multitude of shoe options out there?

 

From the office to the gym, and even cosy nights at home, finding the perfect pair can be daunting. 

Fear not! 

We've curated a comprehensive guide, drawing insights from Essex Foot Care's three clinics, to help you make informed decisions for happy, healthy feet.

Types of Shoes 

Walking Shoes

For those who enjoy brisk walks or have an active lifestyle, investing in proper walking shoes is crucial. We suggest:

  • Arch Support: Look for shoes that provide adequate arch support to prevent discomfort and overpronation.
  • Cushioning: Opt for shoes with ample cushioning to absorb shock and reduce impact on your joints, especially during long walks.
  • Breathable Materials: Shoes made of breathable materials help keep your feet cool and dry, preventing potential issues like blisters.

 

Shoe fitting at Essex Footcare

 

 

High Heels

 

While high heels can elevate any outfit, they may not always be kind to your feet.

 

We would encourage you to think about:

Heel Height: Consider opting for lower heels to minimize strain on the balls of your feet and lower back.

Platform Soles: Shoes with platform soles can provide some elevation without increasing the height of the heel.

Cushioned Insoles: Look for heels with cushioned insoles to add comfort and reduce pressure on the soles of your feet. 

 

 

 

 

  

Children's Shoes

Properly fitting shoes are vital for children's growing feet. Essex Foot Care recommends:

  • Room to Grow:  Ensure there's ample room (about a thumb's width) between the longest toe and the end of the shoe to accommodate growth.

  • Flexible Soles:  Children's shoes with flexible soles allow natural foot movement, aiding in proper development.

  • Breathable Materials:  Shoes made from breathable materials help prevent sweating and discomfort.

 

 

 

Slippers

Even your indoor footwear matters for foot health. Think about:

  • Support:  Look for slippers with arch support to provide stability and comfort, especially if you wear them for extended periods.

  • Non-Slip Soles:  Slippers with non-slip soles reduce the risk of accidents, particularly on smooth surfaces.

  • Warmth and Comfort:  Choose slippers made from materials like wool or fleece for warmth and cosiness during colder months.

  • Well-fitted: It’s important to consider that worn, loose slippers are a fall hazard and could cause trips or falls in the home

 

 

Choosing the Best Shoes

When it comes to selecting shoes for any occasion, we’d encourage you to consider the following factors:

  • Fit: Shoes should feel comfortable from the moment you try them on. If they feel too tight or too loose, they're likely not the right fit.

  • Purpose:  Match the shoe to the activity. Athletic shoes are designed for sports, while dress shoes are ideal for formal events.

  • Quality:  Investing in well-made shoes ensures durability and proper foot support, reducing the risk of foot problems.

 

Shoe Fitting Guide

Properly fitting shoes are essential to foot health. Essex Foot Care offers these fitting tips:

  • Measure Both Feet:  Feet can vary in size, so measure both and go with the larger size.

  • Try Shoes Later in the Day:  Feet tend to swell throughout the day, so try shoes on in the afternoon or evening for a more accurate fit.

  • Wiggle Room:  There should be about a half-inch of space between the longest toe and the end of the shoe to prevent cramping.

  • Walk Around:  Take a few steps in the shoes to ensure they don't slip or rub uncomfortably.

 

Remember, your shoes should look good and support your feet throughout the day. Whether exploring Essex or enjoying a quiet night in, the right shoes can make all the difference.

Our experts are happy to advise what you must look out for when investing in footwear. We are here to help and encourage you to find the perfect fit for your lifestyle and foot health needs.

 

how is your socks lifeThat's the question I asked a patient recently while treating her painful cracked heel and athlete's foot during her podiatry treatment.

She grinned and told me that she had no clue about socks other than receiving Christmas socks or buying cheap multipack socks when she ends up with an assortment of odd socks (where do socks disappear !?).

Socks are in fact important to foot health, comfort, temperature regulation, support, cushioning and prevention of foot problems.

Here are some tips on improving your socks life:

MATERIAL: Socks can be made from many materials; matching material to the activity can make a difference to overall foot health and comfort.

Generally, bamboo and cotton socks, bless them! Are good all-round materials for everyday comfort.

Additional materials such as merino wool and cashmere are good for colder weathers.

Cotton, polyester, nylon and spandex mix can be great for hiking, sports and athletics because they improve comfort, moisture wicking, temperature control and stretchability.

Socks with additional cushioning underfoot are great for high impact activities and for preventing blisters.

For feet, legs and ankles that become irritated or swell throughout the day 'easy-grip tops' significantly improve comfort levels.

SIZE MATTERS! Wear socks that fit well, too tight and they can inhibit free movement and cause the toes to claw, cause constriction of circulation and just generally feel uncomfortable, too big and the excess material can feel bulky and lumpy.

CHANGE DAILY! This may seem obvious but not everyone does, fungal infection and sweat and dirt can all lurk on socks, so a daily change of socks will prevent problems.

FOLLOWING THE WASHING AND DRYING INSTRUCTIONS - this will help increase the lifespan of the socks and prevent the material from losing its qualities.

THROW AWAY SOCKS WITH HOLES! - I see many patients who have foot problems because of wearing socks with holes that have cut into the skin.

Who would think that there is so much to say about the humble sock, the unsung hero of feet!

Please feel free to contact us for advice and help for any foot problems!

nail pain

We've chosen ingrown toe nails as this week's focus simply because over lockdown and since reopening, we seem to be inundated with people desperate for urgent help for their painful ingrown nails !

Some people have come to us frustrated after trying home cures or been back and forth to the doctor's or even A&E and been prescribed antibiotics to no avail .

Although we're not sure why we're seeing a higher volume of patients with ingrown nails, we think it may be as a result of the drastic change in people's routines and footwear over the long period of lockdown

Many people have regular podiatry care and the long wait for a nail care appointment may have left them more likely to develop foot health issues.

Added to that the spring and summer months are our busiest, when people present with a wide range of foot problems.

Well you'll be pleased to know that you're here now and you're in the right place in safe hands with the right medical professionals since we are the qualified foot health experts!

From our years of experience and practice we are confident that we can provide you with a satisfactory solution with the the right plan of action designed for you.


How do we work ?

We encourage you to reach out so we can assess your nail.

We have several ways to assess you and advise whether you are still shielding and unable to get to us or whether you can come to our covid-safe clinics


What does an ingrown nail look and feel like like ?

As a rule, if the nail or a spike of nail is growing into or piercing the flesh or the flesh at the side of the nail is encroaching onto the nail and you have one or a combination of redness, swelling, infection ( pus) and a throbbing or sharp pain, then chances are you gave an ingrown nail.


How do we treat an ingrown nail ?

There is no one universal treatment, it all depends on why you have the problem and How long you've had it.

Sometimes one or two simple routine podiatry appointments can solve things with careful removal of the section or spike of nail Other times some form of minor nail surgery may be needed.

We will always discuss the options with you and endeavour to find the best and quickest route to a cure .

Between our team of 8 podiatrists across the three sites, we have podiatrists who specialise in nail problems and nail surgey with over 30 years experience. Please see our reviews and testimonials.

You do not have to put up with pain or continue having recurrent infection. So please reach out to us so we can relieve your pain and restore your quality of life so you can get back to doing all the things you enjoy without worrying about pain.

We look forward to helping you!

5 seated chair exercises for seniors

As we age, maintaining an active lifestyle becomes increasingly important for our overall health and well-being. However, many seniors face challenges that make traditional forms of exercise difficult. That's where seated chair exercises come in.

These low-impact exercises are designed to help seniors stay fit and flexible without the need for strenuous activity or standing. In this blog, we will explore five simple and effective seated chair exercises that can easily be incorporated into your daily routine: the Overhead Bend and Reach, Shoulder Blade Squeeze, Knee Extension, Neck Rotation, and Marching in Place. Each of these exercises targets different muscle groups and promotes flexibility, strength, and circulation, all while being gentle on the joints.

1 Overhead Bend and Reach

Overhead Bend and Reach

  1. Raise both arms above your head.
  2. Lower your right arm and lean to the right. Feel the stretch on your left side.
  3. Hold for at least 15 seconds.
  4. Return to your original position with your arms over your head.
  5. Drop your left arm and lean to the left.
  6. Repeat 2 to 4 times toward each side.

 

2 Shoulder Blade squeeze

Shoulder Blade squeeze

  1. Lift your arms near the level of your shoulders with your elbow pointed straight out.
  2. Bring your elbows back while you squeeze your shoulder blades together. Don’t lift or shrug your shoulders as you are squeezing.
  3. Hold for 6 seconds.
  4. Repeat 8 to 12 times.

 

3 Knee extension

Knee extension

  1. Straighten and lift one leg and hold while you count to 5. Be sure you don’t lock your knee.
  2. Slowly lower your leg down.
  3. Repeat 8 to 12 times.
  4. Repeat on the other leg.

 

4 Neck Rotation

Neck Rotation

  1. Turn your head to the left and hold for at least 15 seconds.
  2. Repeat on the right side.
  3. Repeat 2 to 4 times to each side.

 

 

Marching in Place

  1. Sit with your feet slightly apart and march in place, lifting your knees high toward the ceiling.
  2. Remember to breathe normally.
  3. Keep marching in a smooth rhythm for 1 minute.
  4. Work up to marching 5 minutes or longer.

    5 Marching in Place

 

 

 

 

 

Incorporating these five seated chair exercises into your daily routine can significantly enhance your physical health and overall well-being. Whether you want to improve your flexibility, strengthen your muscles, or boost your circulation, these exercises offer a safe and effective way to stay active. Remember, consistency is key—make these exercises a regular part of your day, and you'll soon notice the benefits.

 

Always consult with your healthcare provider before starting any new exercise regimen to ensure it's appropriate for your individual health needs. If you experience any discomfort in your leg, ankle or feet, get in touch. We are here to help.

 

Here's to staying active, healthy, and happy at any age!

 

If your nails are:

  • Damaged
  • Ridged
  • Thick
  • Bruised
  • brittle
  • Psoriatic
  • Fungally infected
  • Partially missing
  • Discoloured
  • need protection while growing

Then Wilde-Pedique toe nail reconstruction is the solution for you!

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How is the new nail made?

LCN Wilde-Pedique involves the construction of a new nail using a resin gel. After preparation of the nail and bed, the gel is used to fill grooves and gaps on the nail bed and cured (hardened) using harmless UV light, further gel layers are applied to create a nail shape. Finally a top seal is applied.


The result

A natural looking, protective gel nail which is flexible and can be trimmed and filed. The gel is non-porous so nail varnish and remover can be used without affecting the gel. You can swim and bath as normal. If you have a fungal nail; anti-fungal treatments can be applied around the artificial nail and under it's free edge.


Who is it suitable for?

Men, women and teenagers can benefit. Its adhesive properties mean that good results can be achieved even on calloused layers of skin or where there is a fifth or more of your own natural nail to reconstruct a new nail. Although the gel will not adhere to skin alone, gels can still be constructed to last for a day for special occasions e.g. for a wedding day. The area must be oil free and dry, free from any bacterial infection and there should be no bleeding or weeping.


Is it safe?

As a professional podiatry practice, we always take a full medical history and assess for suitability. Our HCPC registered podiatrists are trained in the application of the gels. The high quality materials used are hypoallergenic, odourless, anti-fungal and contain no aggressive primers or chemicals.


How long will the gel nail last?

4 - 6 weeks with some lasting up to 4 months. We do not recommend leaving the nail on for more than 8 weeks Very occasionally the gel nail only lasts for a short time, however, the nail usually comes off whole but the gel nail is perfectly shaped for your nailbed and you can reapply at home using a hypoallergenic nail glue. The gel nail is a no-soak off gel and will grow out together with your natural nail. The more natural nail there is on the nail bed, the longer the gel will last. A deep nail bed is better than a flat/shallow one. Your lifestyle and the way you walk will also contribute to the time the gel nail will last.


How is it removed?

The gel is no-soak off. It will grow out with your own nail as it grows, it can be trimmed away but you can revisit us to have it painlessly removed.


What people are saying:

My visit was for nail reconstruction on my big toe.
Really impressed with the result.
Can't wait to wear my sandals on holiday :)
Staff are really friendly too...would definitely recommend.

LP May 2018


We’ve had amazing results with significant reduction in pain and discomfort and an improvement in the quality of life of many of our patients.

Call us for further information and get ready to show
your feet off this spring and summer!

If you struggle to take the first few steps as you get out of bed then you probably have plantar fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis

There are many reasons for heel pain such as trapped nerves or a fractured heel. However the majority of heel pain sufferers that we see in our podiatry clinics have plantar fasciitis.

What is plantar fasciitis?

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